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Baggage restrictions

We have a two part question. Trying to figure out what size luggage to buy for our trip to Greece. We are flying in to ATHENS and taking a flight on Aegean to Santorini. On the Aegean web they allow 1 carry on 8 kg, but on our conformation it says 1 bag up to 23 kg per person ? Can somebody explain what this means and what size luggage would be useful for this trip and in the future, thank you

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The 1 bag < 23 kg probably referes to free checked (cargo hold) baggage on your international flight. The 8 kg limit is likely your carry-on bag.

The 23 kg checked bag limit is common with legacy carriers and is a round up of the 50 pound weight limit. In the very old days, checked bags were limited to 70 pounds but too many baggage handler back injuries led the the 50 pound limit. Some airlines will allow you to pay extra of over weight (i.e. 70#) luggage.

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Aegean has different fares. Their go lite fare allows you one cabin bag no more than 8 kilos. You can also bring a small personal item. the flex fare allows you a cabin bag up to 8 kilos and a checked bag up to 23 kilos. Go lite fare is their least expensive one. You really don't need a lot of clothes in Greece so we travel light and never had a problem with the 8 kilo limit.

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Thank you , we have a flex far with up to 8 kg per person, but our confirmation says up to 23kg, so I assume it means for checked bag?! Will we have to pay extra for that, and what is a good overall size luggage to buy? If you convert their allowed carry on into inches is 22×9×17 . Will this work or something similar.RS carry on is a bit smaller....thanks

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Buy either a backpack without wheels of or a duffle without wheels. The duffle shaped bag can be up to 24 inches long. The exact dimensions of your bag do not matter much if you don't pack it too full, then the bag can be stuffed into a space smaller than the bag's dimensions if necessary. Buy a luggage scale - a handheld device with a hook that you hook onto your bag at home, then while holding the device in the air with the bag hanging from it, the device gives the weight. If the weight is too high, open your bag, make a sacrifice, and take one or more items out of your bag and leave them at home. Your luggage should not weight much more than 1/6 of what your body should weight. I don't remember whether I made this up or read it somewhere.

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With Flex fare you will not be charged for your b igger 23 kg bag, but you will not be allowed to carry it into the cabin, it must be checked. But what is the Big Deal about checking a bag? It's a small carousel, takes very little time at baggage claim to get your larger bag and for heavens sake you are on vacation, you don't have to be at a business meeting 30 minutes after landing. Relax, take your rolling bag (21" is allowed, 20" is easier to handle), and then you don't have to fuss with toiletry sizes, or what to do about your Swiss army knife, trekking sticks etc. And you then, going home, you can pack a tin of DIVINE Greek ollive oil.

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Buy either a backpack without wheels of or a duffle without wheels.

My carry-on is a backpack without wheels and my checked luggage gear bag is a (two) wheeled duffle. A 8 kg carry-on should be an easy carry unless you have a disability but a 23 kg. duffle bag without whees would be a difficult carry. My wheeled duffle meets checked luggage dimensions 15+30+13 = 58 lin inches < 62 lin inches and weights about 8# empty. My RS Classic carry-on weights 2# empty.

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My experience is that Aegean are fairly strict about the weight allowance for a carry on bag. Last year we had only hand luggage which was the right size but slightly overweight. They insisted on putting it in the hold and charging us around 25 euros for each bag.

Our own fault for not having read the small print, I guess, but this was the first time I’d ever had a carry on bag weighed as opposed to measured.

Alan

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We carry slightly smaller backpack with wheels and have no difficulty meeting the 8 kilo limit. On our first trip to Greece we had regular suitcases. Never again, carrying bags on ferries. flights and in hilly towns is simply no fun at all.
Wheels are a blessing, if you can arrange it make sure your bags do not need to be carried. Trust me on this..

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Perhaps your question belongs in the General Europe section; I would suppose that other airlines have about the same the same weight limits for luggage.

Could you limit yourself to just a carry on bag and skip taking any bags or suitcases that don't fit in the carry on storage compartment? Could you take just one change of clothes? What other sacrifices could you make in order to get the total weight of your luggage to under 20 pounds? 23 kilograms is over 50 pounds - that seems like a lot to carry, whether or not the bag or suitcase has wheels. My reasons for taking a bag without wheels is, the bag can be more easily stuffed into tight spaces, if I don't pack the bag all the way full, and dragging a wheeled suitcase requires you to always keep one hand on the suitcase, while having just a bag strapped to your body probably reduces your chances of leaving your luggage somewhere or having it stolen.

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I just booked on Aegean yesterday and had the same questions about baggage. On y confirmation it also said 23kg bag and one personal item but it specifically listed both as "Carry On". I went ahead and paid for one checked bag for each of us as we will all carry one 26" suitcase. I am still confused but I didn't want to take the chance and pay 70% more at the airport. Hopefully if it is an error, they can refund me.

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rmk I think you made a good decision in paying for the checked bag in advance because it is far less expensive now than at the airport. Last year we took our son and wife to Greece and they told us they could not get under the 8 kilo limit so we bought them the checked bag option.
Mike if your question," what would you sacrifice to get your bag weight limit under 20 pounds" was directed at me. I will tell you how we get the weight down to 8 kilos, just under 18 pounds actually.

Background. On our first trip to Greece we had large suitcases with no wheels which we found very hard to manage on the ferries and buses and with all the hills and stairs in Santoirni and the hotels. We also took a side trip from Athens to Samos for a week and left our big bags at our Athens hotel storage and traveled with only small cloth backpacks ( no wheels.). When we returned to Athens we realized we had not missed any of the stuff we left behind and we have traveled light since then.

So now we take a small cloth backpack for our toiletries electronics and our beach shoes as a personal item. In our cabin sized bags with wheels we pack using the rule of threes. We bring three of everything we need. Three pairs of shorts, three of underwear and socks, three shirts, bathing suit and a hat. My wife adds a beach cover up and a light dress for evenings. Everything is chosen for mix and match so every combination give us a different look. One does not need a whole bunch of clothes in Greece. Add what we wear on the airplane and we are done. This generally comes in around 7 kilos. I have to admit though if one is planning a cruse this plan isn't entirely practical as I have to add an extra pair of shoes, trousers a couple of nice shirts and a tie.